Justice League #30
Writer: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Colorist: Alejandro Sanchez
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Doom War is about to start, and with that comes a new shift in the Justice League overall arc. The Legion of Doom as been an ever present force in the series and things are about to come to a head in this story line. Lex Luthor has joined Perpetua and become an unstoppable apex life form and has been causing chaos through The Year of the Villain event, by giving out his weapons and technology to whomever wants access to it. The Justice League has been attempting to join forces with those that oppose Perpetua, The Monitors and The World Forger, in order to find the one variable that will stop their inevitable future. Things look bleak at the outset of this new direction.
The comic opens up with a vision of the future, given to by Starman. It seems that on their current path Lex Luthor is destined to destroy the Justice League and Perpetua will take over the universe. The bulk of the story afterward is a recap of everything that has happened on the title so far. This creates a jumping on point for any reader as they are caught up to speed fairly quickly in one issue here. Complex story lines are summarized and allows the title to set up their next big event. The Justice League decides to split into three teams, one going to the future, one going to the past, and one staying in the present. There is also a glimpse into The Legion of Doom building their forces. As this is a just part one of a multi part story the issue is all set up with a hint of what will pay off later.
As someone who has read the run from the start I think that Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV have done a great job building to this moment. While the recap, which takes up a nice chunk of the issue, was mostly repetitive for me I could see how it would be helpful for newer readers of the series. This was a very typical part one of a big arc. Very little is actually revealed other than the stakes. I was not on the edge of my seat while reading this but I am excited for what is going to come next. It isn’t a spoiler to mention that the JSA returns in this issue, and as a big fan of the team I am extremely happy to see them again. They were a massive loss from the New 52 era and Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV are a perfect team to take them on. However, do not expect any more JSA out of this issue other than one splash page. There is another cliffhanger here that got me more excited than the JSA (Scott Snyder did spoil that for the reading audience) and that, I believe, may have even more potential to go to unexpected places.
Jorge Jimenez does a lot here that on multiple reads really stand out. I’ve already written about Jimenez and his mastery at sequential storytelling many times and there is nothing but improvement here. He even plays with parallel layouts here, with the Justice League layout mirroring the Legion of Doom layout on two different splash pages. The recap pages are works of art in them being thematic pieces that work with the complex narration. I would recommend this issue on the art alone, even if you don’t care about the Justice League.